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Half of Full-Time Employees Surveyed Don't Understand Health Insurance Coverage for Cancer-Related Medical Expenses
Date:1/12/2009

COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Half of working Americans with health insurance surveyed say they don't have a clear understanding of what their health insurance covers for medical expenses related to cancer treatment. According to a recent nationwide survey of 1,067 full-time employees covered by health insurance conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company*:

  • 51 percent of employees surveyed say they don't have a clear understanding of what their health insurance covers for cancer-related treatment.
  • When asked if their health insurance would cover most of the expenses if they or a family member were diagnosed with cancer, 6 percent say no and 40 percent report they don't know.

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"These responses point out the confusion employees have when it comes to understanding what their health insurance covers," says Tom Gilligan, Colonial Life's senior vice president of marketing and branding. "People like to think they're covered, but when cancer gets personal, no one's really 100 percent sure."

Do you feel you have a clear understanding of what your health insurance covers when it comes to cancer treatment? According to the survey results, only about half of employees, regardless of gender, age and region of the country, say they understand what their health insurance covers for cancer treatment:

  • Gender. 53 percent of women and 49 percent of men say they don't have a clear understanding.
  • Age groups. 59 percent of employees age 35- 44 say they don't have a clear understanding, followed by employees age 18-34 (56 percent), employees age 45-54 (43 percent) and employees age
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